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Great Northerner – Premier Escorted Luxury Vacation: Auckland to Wellington

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,699

Take a New Zealand vacation that introduces you to the natural wonders and Maori culture of the North Island. Get acquainted with the country in picturesque Auckland before touring the ancient Maori sites of the Bay of Islands and Rotorua and closing out your trip in Windy Welly.


This 9-day New Zealand vacation takes you across the North Island of New Zealand to experience incredible landscapes and Maori culture.

Your New Zealand tour begins in Auckland, a city that’s consistently rated as one of the most livable on the planet. A part of what makes this city so special is its natural beauty. The city is located on a stretch of land surrounded by a natural harbour on either side. A great way to appreciate the city is to view the harbours from contrasting angles. First, cruise out onto Waitemata Harbour to explore it from sea level before scaling the heights of the Sky Tower to view it from above. Head north from Auckland to the Bay of Islands, a region of 140 subtropical islands that boasts incredible beaches and fishing spots. Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds to see where the British and Maori signed their historic treaty before heading out on a dolphin-watching expedition.

Head back south past Auckland to the Waitomo Caves where you’ll venture through natural tunnels lit by thousands of glow worms. In Rotorua you can marvel at the natural assortment of mud pools and hot springs that makes this area one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist hubs. Soak in the hot springs and check out Pohutu Geyser, which shoots water 30 meters into the air. Then meet the area’s Maori locals, visiting the Whakarewarewa village in the nearby valley and taking in a hangi feast to appreciate the island’s indigenous culinary traditions.

Close out your New Zealand vacation in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand and its second largest city. Again, the landscape is much of the city’s appeal. Ride the cable car up to the Botanical Gardens and look out over Cook Strait, which separates the North Island from the South. Then stroll through the hillside, surveying the city’s Victorian timber homes and taking the time to appreciate its ascendant arts culture. You might want to take in a museum before your return flight. With the National Archives, National Art Gallery, National Library, and Museum of New Zealand, you’ll have plenty to choose from.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,699

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Day 1

Arrive Auckland

On arrival into Auckland on New Zealand's beautiful North Island, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the opportunity to discover the city as you choose from a range of exciting sightseeing inclusions.

Freedom of Choice - Sightseeing

Perhaps take a cruise on Waitemata Harbour, head off on a Waiheke Island wine tour, or explore the Auckland Museum. Alternatively, get up close to the fascinating marine life at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, or set off on a Wilderness Adventure into the Waitakere Rainforest. Others may prefer to take a trip to the harbourside suburb of Devonport, which offers some of the best views of the city.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland

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    Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland



    The Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland is situated in the heart of Auckland within walking distance to restaurants, shops, galleries, museums, and Auckland's exciting America's Cup village. The hotel has fully appointed and stylish rooms that are equipped with modern amenities. The rooms are designed to ...

    The Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland is situated in the heart of Auckland within walking distance to restaurants, shops, galleries, museums, and Auckland's exciting America's Cup village.

    The hotel has fully appointed and stylish rooms that are equipped with modern amenities. The rooms are designed to ensure that you have everything you need, in an utterly modern and delightfully relaxing environment. The in house restaurant serves a wide variety of New Zealand cuisine and other international delicacies. You can also unwind with a fine drink after a tiring day.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Auckland, Bay of Islands

Cross Auckland's busy Harbour Bridge this morning and travel along the Hibiscus Coast. Stop at Matakohe's Kauri Museum for an insight into the rich pioneering history of New Zealand's Northland region. Continue to the stunning Bay of Islands.

Signature Experience
Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the original treaty between the British and Maori people was signed. Here, you will also enjoy a visit to the Maori Meeting House and War Canoe.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands Paihia

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    Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands Paihia



    This welcoming Bay of Islands hotel commands a superb waterfront location in the heart of the Bay of Islands, offering uninterrupted bay views surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens as part of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. The hotels 180 non air conditioned guest ...

    This welcoming Bay of Islands hotel commands a superb waterfront location in the heart of the Bay of Islands, offering uninterrupted bay views surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens as part of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. The hotels 180 non air conditioned guest rooms offer individual balconies or patios and offer a serene escape with designs inspired by nature. Onsite facilities include tennis court, spectacular free form lagoon style swimming pool, mountain bike hire and courtesy shuttle to downtown Paihia. Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands is the perfect base when you want to play scenic golf courses, participate in some of the best big game fishing in the world, and experience the wonder of the local native bush walks or to simply relax in a picturesque location.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Tennis Court
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 3

Bay of Islands

Today, decide how you would like to discover this scenic region with our range of activities on offer to you today.

Freedom of Choice - Sightseeing

Perhaps take a day tour to Cape Reinga, New Zealand's northernmost point or experience life on the high seas aboard a resplendent tall ship. Alternatively, embark on a dolphin-watching adventure, take a mini-tour of Russell or return to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds for a guided tour.

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Day 4

Bay of Islands, Auckland

Travel back to Auckland where you will be treated to a Pacific-themed dinner with New Zealand produce. Relax and enjoy the company of your fellow travellers as you savour local flavours.

Signature Experiences
Explore the spectacular Bay of Islands on a dolphin-watching cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. In these deep-sea fishing grounds, dolphins are frequently seen. Meander through the inner islands, admiring the sandy beaches and rocky outcrops, then spend some time in a secluded bay.

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Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland

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    Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland



    The Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland is situated in the heart of Auckland within walking distance to restaurants, shops, galleries, museums, and Auckland's exciting America's Cup village. The hotel has fully appointed and stylish rooms that are equipped with modern amenities. The rooms are designed to ...

    The Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland is situated in the heart of Auckland within walking distance to restaurants, shops, galleries, museums, and Auckland's exciting America's Cup village.

    The hotel has fully appointed and stylish rooms that are equipped with modern amenities. The rooms are designed to ensure that you have everything you need, in an utterly modern and delightfully relaxing environment. The in house restaurant serves a wide variety of New Zealand cuisine and other international delicacies. You can also unwind with a fine drink after a tiring day.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 5

Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua

Travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glow worm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an eerie glow. Discover this natural wonder on a silent boat ride through a mystical grotto, lit by thousands of glow worms. Continue to Rotorua, a centre of Maori culture and famous for its geothermal activity.

Signature Experience
This evening, immerse yourself in Maori culture as you enjoy a traditional Hangi Feast and performance of song and dance.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Highlight Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Holiday Inn Rotorua

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    Holiday Inn Rotorua



    Overlooking the famous Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and Historic Village, the Holiday Inn Rotorua is the ideal base from which to discover this thermal wonderland. See and experience the beauty of Maori culture, spectacular geysers and boiling mud pools.

    Overlooking the famous Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and Historic Village, the Holiday Inn Rotorua is the ideal base from which to discover this thermal wonderland. See and experience the beauty of Maori culture, spectacular geysers and boiling mud pools.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 6

Rotorua

Spend this morning on your chosen activity.

Freedom of Choice - Sightseeing

Perhaps discover the icons of Rotorua at the Agrodome Farm Show, then make your way to Rainbow Springs Nature Park to see a kiwi nursery and visit the Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Or, choose to experience Middle-earth during a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Alternatively, perhaps head to Zealand's largest boiling mud pool and hot springs, visit the Rotorua Museum, or explore Redwood Treewalk with a Maori guide.

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Day 7

Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington

Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway through the North Island. View the Wairakei Steam Valley, then, visit Huka Falls and Lake Taupo, before travelling across Tongariro National Park to Wellington.

Freedom of Choice - Dining

Tonight, choose from one of three restaurants in which to dine.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Highlight Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Amora Hotel Wellington

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    Amora Hotel Wellington



    The Amora Hotel Wellington is a superbly located hotel in the heart of Wellington. Facing Wellington's waterfront, with magnificent views of Wellington's CBD and harbour and easy access to Lambton Quay, Te Papa and the Cable Car, Wellington's best attractions are right at the hotels ...

    The Amora Hotel Wellington is a superbly located hotel in the heart of Wellington. Facing Wellington's waterfront, with magnificent views of Wellington's CBD and harbour and easy access to Lambton Quay, Te Papa and the Cable Car, Wellington's best attractions are right at the hotels doorstep. Amora Hotel Wellington offers some of the most spacious guest rooms and suites in Wellington.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Day Spa
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 8

Wellington

After breakfast, set off on a tour taking you to the city's best-loved landmarks and sights, including New Zealand's national museum - Te Papa Tongarewa. Afterwards, ride Wellington's iconic Cable Car, gaining a fresh perspective as you gaze out across this spectacular coastal city. The afternoon and evening have been left free for you to enjoy discovering Wellington at your own pace.

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Day 9

Depart Wellington

Your journey comes to an end today as you are transferred to the airport for your return flight home.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Oct 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov 4, 8, 18, 25; Dec 2, 9, 16
2018: Jan 6, 10, 15, 20, 24, 26, 31; Feb 5, 10, 17, 21, 26; Mar 3, 7, 10, 21, 28; Apr 7, 14, 21; May 12; Jul 7; Aug 4; Sep 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Deparure dates shown in bold are guaranteed

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival and departure transfers in New Zealand
  • Porterage and tipping
  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Tour Director and local guides
  • Breakfast daily, 3 Feature meals
  • Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Inclusions

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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